13 seniors honored at William Monroe Commitment Day

STANARDSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Two years ago, sitting in front of family and friends celebrating Emma Pickett's decision to play softball in college was a little harder to see.

"Two years ago I actually tore my UCL, so I had Tommy John surgery and having to come back from that it was really, really hard," Pickett said, who will play softball at Virginia Wesleyan next year, "Now where I am and where I'm going, I'm very excited."

Pickett was one of 13 seniors celebrated as part of William Monroe's Commitment Day ceremony on Wednesday. Lacey Beale, a teammate of Pickett's, will take a huge leap into college athletics, playing center field for Division I program Norfolk State.

"It gets nerve-wracking every once in awhile thinking wow I'm actually going to be playing at a Division-I level," Beale said, "But I'm going to put in the time and the work that it takes and I will be succesful at it."

From the Dragons' other diamond, four seniors will be playing ODAC baseball next year. Logan Jones and Braydon Collier will be teammates once again at Eastern Mennonite, while Reilly Owen will head to Shenandoah. Jonathan Sexton will lineup for Bridgewater College, completing a life long dream of his.

"As soon as I stepped out onto the field, my family definitely put it into me, to work hard and keep going, so it's definitely been there since the beginning," Sexton said, "Definitely one of my dreams and I'm glad it's turned out the way it has with all my family and friends showing up."

Garrett Shifflett will also head to Bridgewater to play football for the Eagles. His teammate, Alex Kinsey, also chose to stick with football and play for Christopher Newport.

"Every kid who starts playing a sport looks forward to this day," Kinsey said, "Being able to play a college sport and grow throughout the whole way, so it's been amazing."

A few seniors will head out of state for college, including Madeline Anderson who will swim for Asbury University in Kentucky and Anna Baker will play soccer for West Virginia Tech. A couple other seniors will stay in state with Luke Berry competing in track at Mary Washington and Miles Lesko playing golf for Randolph-Macon.

William Monroe girl's basketball guard Bryonna Woofter will also stick close to home choosing to play for Mary Baldwin. The VHSL Class 3 second team All-State selection says it is days like this that remind her how special the Greene County community is.

"They're so supportive, they're all like family," Woofter said, "Especially having everyone here today that's so amazing. Everyone that was a part of the school was here and everyone a part of the community was here."

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